Benton comes to Detroit in his first NFL stopbringing athleticism and force to the linebacker corps after tallying a career 300 stops at Central Michigan.
2013: Started all 12 games and finished second on the team with 111 tackles, and two sacks, tied for sixth in the MAC.
2012: Started all 13 games and finished the season with 126 stops.
2011: Played in nine games, starting seven of them, concluding the season with 58 tackles.
2010: Played in 10 games and forced a fumble at Hampton (9/2).
2009: Redshirted as a freshman at Central Michigan.
Attended Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) under the leadership of Coach Steve Nye. Was a three-year starter and ranked on the Detroit Free Press Fab 50.
A solid performance by Kyle Van Noy this year would be a major benefit to a linebacker corps that could have new starters at all three positions.
Tim Twentyman covers all the news from Thursday's practice including what Stevan Ridley's release means for the running back group, DeAndre Levy's impact and more.
Tori Petry reports on what has been said this week about whether guys who are coming off of injury like Ameer Abdullah and DeAndre Levy will play against Baltimore.